ABB to provide FED services at Cerilon’s GTL facility

ABB will provide front-end design services for automation, electrical and advanced digital solutions at Cerilon’s first gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility.

The site in North Dakota will produce up to 24,000 barrels (3.8 million litres) per day of high-performance synthetic energy products including ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD), naphtha and lubricant base oils from natural gas reserves.

The first phase of the build is due to start operating in 2028. The site also aims to integrate carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to collect CO2 emissions at the location for transport to underground storage reservoirs.

The project will use automation and digital twin technology, which provides a virtual replica of a physical process or facility to test scenarios and ensure the design is future-proof and fit for purpose.

ABB will develop the Automation Design Basis (ADB) methodology, which will influence and guide the automation project throughout the system lifecycle execution.

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